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“Wonderful experience”

Pohatu Penguin Habitat
Ranked #4 of 23 Tours in Akaroa
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Pohatu penguins is a family owned business that offers 4WD safaris trip to the Largest Little penguin colony on mainland New Zealand. Conservation based tours include: -Evening penguin tours -Scenic nature safaris (2 or 4 hours) -Sea-kayaking with seals and other wildlife -24 or 48 hour package including accommodation in the middle of the penguin colony
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“Wonderful experience”
Reviewed October 31, 2011

Beautiful from start (in Akaroa) to finish, including scenery, people and sheep and penguins. We were too early for baby penguin season but arrived at the farm next to the penguin colony when the baby lambs were in full bloom. Thoroughly enjoyed interacting with some pet lambs and then trekked out to the penguin habitat with our knowledgeable and delightful guide, Averil. Fascinating to watch the penguins and enjoy the tranquility of this lovely cove.

All in all, a sublime experience. Don't miss it.

Visited September 2011
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Dalton, Georgia
2 reviews
“One of the most authentic, best things we did in NZ”
Reviewed July 7, 2011

This tour was truly one of the coolest things we did in NZ. Not only did we get reliable information about NZ species, transportation to each site, and access to remote locations, our guide, Shireen, was kind, flexible, and thoughtful. Every time you travel internationally, there is always something that goes wrong. For us, we were late. She was so kind and flexible. I was put at ease immediately. By far the best part and star of the show were the penguins. We saw tons of little blue penguins up close and personal and 6 of the very endangered yellow eyed penguin all in the wild. If you want to see penguins, check with Shireen for the best time of year and time of day. You will not be disappointed. This was one of the favorite days in my life.

Visited June 2011
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Akaroa, New Zealand
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3 reviews
“Pohatu Penguins overnight stay in Flea Bay”
Reviewed April 3, 2011

This was such a great trip and very good value. You get picked up in Akaroa at lunch time, taken over to the rugged Eastern bays of Banks Peninsula, shown conservation work and regenerating forest and the old lighthouse site. You spend an enjoyable night in a cob cottgae with candel light & open fire (don't forget the wine!) taken out to see the penguins on dusk and a kayak trip in the morning if the weather is good, and taken back to Akaroa the next day. A fabulous trip.

Visited October 2010
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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“close encounters with penguins in their natural home”
Reviewed March 29, 2011

We were driven over the hill from Akaroa by Shireen for an evening excursion to visit the penguin colony at the Flea Bay Farm. The journey over an unmade road with precipitous drops alongside was an experience in itself. First stop was penguin feeding time, as Shireen and Francis look after the occasional unwell waif and stray from the little blue penguin colony that lives on the hillside above the bay. The a brief excursion to the lagoon to take two of them for a swim. Finally a walk along the side of the hill to watch birds from the colony come ashore at dusk . We also saw one yellow eyed penguin toiling up the hill, apparently a rare sighting. This is a rare opportunity to encounter these penguins in their natural habitat and learn about the devoted work that Francis and Shireen have done for many years to protect the colony from predators. A unique, slightly eccentric, and entirely charming experience.

Visited February 2011
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed November 12, 2010

Not only is this the only colony of these white-flippered penguins, this has to be the only tour that offers such a personal and insightful exerience of what is involved in developing and nurturing a natural habitat for this endangered species and you get to see, in a non-intrusive way, how the birds are monitored and recorded. . The drive over offers yet more spectacular views of the Banks Peninsula then it is into camouflage gear and out to see the nesting sites and, in the evenings, to see the birds come ashore to feed the chicks. Along the way there is a clear explanation of how the site has been developed and cleared of predators and, to whet the appetite for future visits, some information on the cycle of when they come and go from the bay. A reasonable level of fitness is needed to get over the paths but it is worth it to see these birds in their natural environment with minimal human interference.

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